C.A.E.'s POSITIVE Disruption
Character Education & Leadership Development
C.A.E.’s “Positive Disruption” is our core curriculum designed specifically to disrupt and change cyclical patterns of adverse behavior that interfere with learning by providing social and emotional development for youth, and proven support systems for their families.
CHARACTER COUNTS! (Grades K+):
C.A.E. deploys the CHARACTER COUNTS! Curricula to promote its Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship as a foundational strategy in developing the character of our students.
1. Moral Kombat 5: Drug & Alcohol Intervention Workshop (Grades 6+): Unfortunately, experimenting with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common amongst teens. Often teenagers don’t see the link between their actions today and the consequences they’ll face tomorrow. While some teens experiment only – others will develop a dependency, moving on to more dangerous drugs and causing significant harm to themselves and possibly others.
This program uses cognitive behavioral-based strategies and approaches to guide teens and adults who do not have severe alcohol or drug problems. This program is intended as an education, intervention, and awareness program. It is meant to provide guidance and educational insight to teens whose alcohol or drug experimentation has created problems in their lives.
2. Resilience and Inclusion (Grades 6+): Though the pandemic has presented many unique challenges, it is not the only obstacle that our students will face. Students need resilience strategies to address personal adversity (like injuries and mistakes) and societal challenges (like lack of equity and inclusion). Each lesson in this series includes research-based resources that students can apply to all aspects of their life. Educators and students will learn strategies to become leaders that positively influence change in their classrooms, teams, and communities.
LIFE COACHING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSE (Grades 3+):
C.A.E.’s Life Coaching & Leadership Development course is an evidence-based national campaign designed to teach executive function skills to manage thoughts, actions, and emotions to achieve goal-directed problem-solving skills. C.A.E’s certified NCTI Real Colors® and NCTI Crossroads® cognitive behavior change course facilitators help youth discover and enhance their personal strengths to thrive now and in the future, becoming “the change” for the common good.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION & LITERACY COURSE (Grades 3+):
C.A.E.’s Financial Education & Literacy course helps increase financial capability and instill social values that can help combat adverse reactions to financial and social challenges they may face as they mature. Students will learn to align their choices with their capabilities, which helps them make wise decisions as consumers and, ultimately, producers, entrepreneurs, or employees. Read More Here
CAREER DEVELOPMENT: LIFE & CAREER ACTION PLANS (Grades 6+):
C.A.E.’s Life & Career Action Plans are deployed to help students select the most appropriate path in life at an early age based on career interests, learning style, finances, learning environment, location, course and program offerings, and other factors for success.
S.T.O.M.P. AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (Grades 3+):
The S.T.O.M.P. (Student's Taking Ownership Mentoring Project) Ambassador Program encourages youth to raise social and civic awareness, offer solutions, and provide educational and business resources within the communities they live and work in. After foregoing intense leadership development training, youth leaders are identified and selected to join the S.T.O.M.P. Ambassador Leadership Council.
The Ambassador Council Leaders are commissioned to facilitate social justice and community change by creating deliberate action plans and strategic solutions to community issues. They are advocates for their peers – and passionate about the challenges that face their generation regarding education, violence, getting out to vote, employment, public policy, and self-esteem.
Learn more about C.A.E.'s Diversion Program for those who are at risk of or involved in the juvenile and adult justice systems.